Some people resist shaking things up, but I think differently: it's my responsibility to question, and to fight for what's right. Education can and should change the world, but it won't if change is met with 'Why?'. Instead, I prefer to ask, "Why not?
Linda joined Think as Chief Executive Officer on 1 May 2013. Linda is also appointed as CEO Laureate Australia; President of Torrens University Australia; and CEO of Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School. Linda has more that 23 years of management experience in the education sector in Australia and the United Kingdom. Her background is diverse, incorporating leadership experience in the areas of private, public, government, social enterprise, commercial and education. Linda is recognised at state and national levels as an innovative strategic thinker with leadership skills to drive exceptional business performance and is passionate about education and training for all.
Linda was previously Deputy Vice Chancellor and Director TAFE at Swinburne University, Melbourne where she was responsible for maximising the dual sector advantage, driving the sustainability and social inclusion strategies across the University and managing the TAFE Division. Previously, Linda held the position of Director of Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE in Brisbane and was a senior Queensland Government executive with the Department of Education, Training and the Arts.
Her global business and educational experience includes Corporate CEO, Futures Stockbroker, Managing Director Dartington Tech UK and Director of Stoke-on-Trent FE College. Linda was also part of the UK Government’s rapid response team for the Further Education Funding Council, utilised to turn around failing colleges, and was part of the UK ‘think tank’ on education as a global business. Linda has presented nationally and internationally on leadership and female diversity and was identified by Management Today as one of “25 Australian women to watch”.
Chris leads commercial operations for Laureate in Australia and has P&L accountability for the local operating divisions as well as functional oversight of marketing, sales, product development, international operations, and business development. The purpose of his role is to bring strategies, capital, and market-facing teams together to deliver exponential growth for Laureate in Australia.
Prior to his current role Chris spent two years based in Bangkok as VP of Business Development for Laureate Asia-Pacific where he helped country and regional CEO’s develop their growth strategies. In this capacity he led and underwrote Laureate’s expansion strategy in Australia, the inflection point for which was the 2013 acquisition of THINK Education and the greenfield launch of Torrens University Australia in 2014.
Chris joined Laureate in 2010 as the Chief of Staff to Doug Becker, Laureate’s Founder, Chairman, and CEO. Before joining Laureate, Chris was Director of Strategy and Operations at Sterling Partners, a $4B private equity firm focused on healthcare and education. He began his career as a strategy consultant and is also a field-tested entrepreneur, spending the four years after business school as the founder and then CEO of a retail ice cream company in Chicago.
For me, clever goes beyond traditional “book smarts”. I’m a negotiator by training; using emotional intelligence helps me understand others’ perspectives so we can collaborate to solve problems in the collective interest.
Julie's role includes governance and risk advice, leading major cross business projects as well as supporting the development and implementation of our 2025 vision and strategic planning.
Prior to joining Think Julie worked at Swinburne University as Director New Ventures and Innovations where, in conjunction with SEEK Ltd, she established Online Education Services Pty Ltd, the Swinburne and SEEK Ltd private company, which provides Swinburne courses online. Before Swinburne Julie was Assistant Deputy Vice Chancellor (Services) at the University of Newcastle and spent a number of years as a senior public servant in New Zealand.
I'm always studying something, whether it's formal or informal. It's a big world and there's so much to learn. I enjoy how study challenges me in different ways; my work is fast paced so as a balance I've spent the last four years learning Japanese calligraphy. It forces me to slow down.
Sam brings more than 20 years' experience in higher education in the UK and Australia, including senior roles at Deakin University, Monash University, the University of South Australia and the University of Adelaide. She is a specialist in student and academic administration and student and staff services, with particular strengths in conceptualising the future needs of organisations, driving change, implementing innovative and responsive strategies. Sam leads student and academic services, including student administration, student support, academic services, campus services, student business solutions and facilities management. Sam’s role is to amplify the student voice, drive a coherent, student-facing service model that supports academic success and take the effort out of administration.
“Asking the right questions to truly understand the business enables me to best structure my team to deliver added value to the whole business.”
In his role Scott overseas the finance function. Scott’s previous roles include CFO at Next Athleisure (parent of Glue Clothing and TopShop) and CFO at Retail Adventures. Scott spent six years as Regional Financial Director at Belron Group in the UK, the world’s largest carglass replacement company, operating as O’Briens in Australia. Scott was a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers for ten years and brings to us expertise in leading large complex transactions, including acquisitions and IPOs, developing high performance finance teams and strategic transformation of the finance function.
John has 20 years’ experience working in Telecommunications and Education sectors in Australia, United Kingdom and South America. Having started as a software developer, John took a career path through business analysis, project & program management and Senior IT Management positions. At Laureate Australia John is focused on developing technology strategies, delivering business information systems, digital products and all associated operational services and support capabilities. John is also responsible for development of major facilities strategies and programs including current and future campus delivery, with a key focus on creating modern, progressive, technology enhanced and enabled, best in class physical learning and teaching spaces.
John’s strategic communications, journalistic and marketing career has taken him to various parts of Australia, to London for 12 years and to the Middle East. He has had senior roles in journalism (BBC, News Corporation, Reuters, ABC) in government (South Australian Premier’s Office), as a consultant (Crosby Textor, Brookwood Strategies) and in major events (Formula 1 Grand Prix – Abu Dhabi and Australia, ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games). He has also worked for CAFOD, a UK based aid and development agency.
John’s responsibilities include Communications (corporate, media and internal), Government Relations and Stakeholder Engagement .
My approach to Talent & Culture is to ensure that it leads the way in demonstrating basic principles of loyalty, passion, enthusiasm, commitment and dedication to succeed and support no matter what. I am a firm believer that customers will never love a company until the employees love it first and as such T&C plays a pivotal role in supporting the business to deliver on its promises to our students.
Georgia is a senior executive with 20 years’ experience in Human Resources in the education and mining sector, working in the UK, Africa, Eastern Europe, China and Australia. She has been responsible for major global HR projects and the transformation of a number of key infrastructure and HR best practice processes that have delivered significant value to customers, employees, management and investors.
Georgia’s strengths are in managing complex projects, stakeholder engagement and the delivery of on-budget and on-time business transformational projects.
Georgia is focused on implementing HR best practice, building the foundations, performance management and transformation of business initiatives. Her strengths are in managing complex projects, stakeholder engagement and delivering projects on time and on budget.
Justin was appointed to the role of Academic Director; he is also appointed as Vice-Chancellor of Torrens University Australia. Prior to taking on this role, he completed 10 years as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Adelaide, which required oversight of all academic, educational and research programs. Responsible for budgeting and resource management. He led the academic development of a new $200 million Medical and Nursing School in the South Australian Health and Biomedical Precinct for the last two years. He has demonstrated experience and skills in research, both clinical and policy related, workforce planning, financial and people management, philanthropic funding, leading major capital programs, leading change programs and governance. Justin is a qualified practising.
General Practitioner, board member and leader in primary care/general practice reform in Australia over the past 20 years, combined with an extensive senior management career at the University of Adelaide.
Justin is focused on driving a major growth phase that includes the development of vibrant academic communities across Business, Design, Health and Hospitality verticals, continued development and launch of new programs and national campus expansion.